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Bachelor of Forensic Studies/Bachelor of Laws - 194JA

Course Code: 194JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
Academic Program Area - Science
CRICOS Code: 074936F
Selection Rank: 90.00
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.

Double degree: Supercharge your law degree with forensic insight 

Be a formidable force in the courtroom. Focus your talent for law on the scientific area of forensics. 

Achieve a fully accredited law degree and direct your scientific knowledge to crime investigation and the preparation of evidence. Be rewarded with outstanding employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors.

Combine your Bachelor of Forensic Studies with a Bachelor of Laws at UC to: 

  • qualify as a practising lawyer
  • be able to cross-examine expert witnesses across a range of forensic disciplines
  • master forensic biology and chemistry for criminal investigations
  • know analytical techniques for collecting and examining trace evidence
  • gain a broader perspective and valuable career flexibility. 

Study opportunities 

Exit this course early with a single: 

  • Bachelor of Forensic Studies
  • Bachelor of Laws. 

Career opportunities 

  • The law degree prepares you to work as a solicitor or barrister.
  • This course is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the State of New south Wales (NSW).
  • You will have a basis for legal admission in all Australian jurisdictions.
  • You will also have articulation pathways leading to admission in the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Important to know 

Admission Requirements

Normal requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

For the Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the individual course.

For the Bachelor of Forensic Studies, assumed knowledge is ACT: Biology and/or Chemistry major(s), plus Mathematical Methods major. NSW; Biology and/or Chemistry, plus Mathematics.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Laws LLB
Bachelor of Forensic Studies B ForSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Forensic Studies Bachelor of Laws

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Professional Accreditation

This program is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the State of New South Wales. Through mutual recognition, UC's degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

Through a program offered in conjunction with the College of Law, students may (in their final year of the Bachelor of Laws at UC) begin their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course that qualifies for them for admission. Arrangements exist for students to articulate into programs leading to admission in the UK and the United States.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Present evidence in court. Express an opinion in the field of forensic science with confidence and clarity.
Write reports that could be used as court records or form the basis for prosecution. Collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data from forensic case studies.
Interpret outputs from analytical instruments. Select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present data from forensic case studies.
Select appropriate analytical techniques to examine evidence. Implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems in environmental forensic science.
Allocate tasks among group members to complete forensic case studies. Work with others as part of a group.
Communicate and quantify uncertainty when presenting expert evidence in a court environment. Have the ability to cope with uncertainty.
Ensure that court room evidence is as unbiased as possible with rigorous chain-of-custody for handling of exhibits. Act responsibly, ethically and with integrity in the context of forensic science.
Uphold the rule of law for the benefit of the community. Accept service to the community as the primary purpose for a professional life in forensic science.
Recognise the skills of forensic scientists and lawyers that are transferrable to other disciplines. Have an understanding of how to apply knowledge and abilities to many different contexts and fields.
Provide evidence in a court environment and convince a jury of your competence. Be confident in yourself and your own skills and knowledge.

Course Duration

Standard ten semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty-four semesters.


The degree of Bachelor of Laws may be awarded with first or second class honours. Requirements are specified in the Determination of Course Particulars for the Bachelor of Laws.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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